Pine Creek Fire Grows to 2,888 Acres, 40 Percent Contained

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Pine Creek Fire,  July 19.
  • Pine Creek Fire, July 19.

The Pine Creek Fire, which has charred 2,888 acres 15 miles northeast of Boise, is now 40 percent contained.

Wildfire managers completed a burnout operation Friday afternoon, tying the fire's north flank to Grimes Creek Road. Firefighters are expected to spend the better part of Saturday patrolling the fire perimeter, supressing hot spots. However, large rocks and logs rolling down steep inclines remain a concern, meaning Grimes Creek Road will be closed again Saturday, beginning at the intersection with Clear Creek Road north to New Centerville.

Weather forecasts are calling for cooler temperatures Saturday, with highs in the mid 90s and humidity near 10 percent. Local winds are expected to be between 5-8 mph, with afternoon gusts up to 15 mph.

Again, travelers are cautioned about decreased visibility from smoke and dust in the area and are asked to travel with headlights on.

The blaze is suspected of being human-caused, and 464 personnel are on the scene.

Pine Creek Fire, July 19
  • Pine Creek Fire, July 19